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My computer is slowly leaving me . It has been a good relationship ..but its time to move on ! It is having serious issues with internal power failure and cuts itself off regularly after it heats up . My question is what external drives are you guys using ? I want to get a Westen Digital 80 gig external to act as a backup while I transfer everything . Then after I get my new computer I will use the external to load and edit video with . I need something that has a fast transfer speed too . Ack what are you using for video editing ? Are you editing on the computer ? Daxe help me out here I want to spend my money wisely ! Anyone else running external drives feel free to chime in . TIA ....
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I'd go with a removeable drawer slide in one of your 5-1/4 inch slots. Then you can remove the drive,
have multiple drives and/or a fire vaulted drive with anything you want backed up. It uses a standard
drive and you don't have to wory about cableing once the drawer slot is installed. you can xfer it to
the new system too.
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I'd get something like this. You will probably need a FireWire (IEEE 1394)
interface on the computer to connect the camera to the computer for the video editing anyway.

http://www.thechipmerchant.com/35963-0.html
http://www.thechipmerchant.com/35971-1.html

USB 2.0 is another option.

http://www.thechipmerchant.com/35961-0.html

Your new computer will probably already have USB 2.0, but you would have to get a USB 2.0 card for the old one which would be a waste unless you can borrow one. You will still probably need FireWire for the video editing anyway.

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Re: O/T external hard drives .. a daxe kinda question

I am leaning towards the style like you pointed out Shrock . Does anyone have one like that ? How quick is it on a USB ? My computer i have now does not have Fire wire , but the new one will . The ease of installation is appealing and I can cart it around too . And I plan on using it like outlaw said . A firewalled backup . I got to thinking with all the stuff I would hate to lose ...its cheap insurance . Thanks for the info guys .
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The only external disk I'm using is a 250MB zip disk. They work great, are easy to setup, and the USB ones have decent transfer rate. They make higher capacity ones if I'm not mistaken.
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Re: O/T external hard drives .. a daxe kinda question

here's a good low-buck solution.

Just get an 80 gig internal drive. Install it on your old computer and move whatever you want over to it.

When you get your new computer..just install it in there and use it as your exclusive video editing drive.

There is a VERY good chance that any new computer you get will have a cd writer. Backing up on CDs is more flexible than doing it on hard drives, they are easier to store and transport, work on any computer without extra drivers or ports, etc. If you are aiming towards video editing you may end up with a DVD burner as well. You can store anything on a DVD..it doesnt have to be video.

I have never seen the need for external or removable hard drives. I had a Jaz drive for a while and never used it except to send a mess of stuff once to a friend 2500 miles away..and that was before cd writers.

just more thinking.

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That is a good idea, and probably cheaper.

If you go the external route, here's the web site for iomega, I've always had good luck with their products.

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Well lets solve the problem then [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] the reason it cuts itself off is because the CPU is overheating, an it has a safety check that when it overheatsit either locks up or shuts down immediately to help prevent damage. To fix that just go and buy a fan that attaches to your cpu, BTW what kind of CPU is it? i have an old P3 533 heat sink and fan that you could have if you want it.
Now onto video editing I edit ALOT of video and audio on my computer i only have 60 GIG and i have over 20 movies saved onto my hard drive because i ran out of cdr's and I never have problems with space, If you use an external HD it will be slower (yes ever USB 2.0) than a good internal HD like a 7200 rpm one. If you are seriously into this editoing thing like me then I would HIGHLY suggest a dual processor no matter which you get either the pentium brand or AMD.
Now on transfering data why not use both computers and just network them together, it would be cheaper than buying an external HD that you swap back and forth, it would be faster also IMHO.
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Just a note, another reason they start shutting off or rebooting without warning is overheating of the North Bridge either due to a bad fan or heat sink ....
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Re: O/T external hard drives .. a daxe kinda question

I think its overheating due to a bad waterpump ! I work on 4wds ...the computer is low maintenance usually . So I am still learning what makes what go bad . I sell a bunch of jeepparts onthe net so I need a computer . I dont have the option of it being down more than 24 hours .If I dont answer the questions I get they will buy somewhere else . So I went computer shopping last night . I found an open box deal on a HP with a dvd burner , 80 gig ,512 ddr and a 2400 AMD chip .It does have fire wire too! It seems pretty nice . I am goin to do some research and see how the AMD holds up vs the pentium . From talkin to the sales people its like a ford vs chevy type deal . Anyways I can get the tower with xp for 600.00 . I think its a pretty good deal . And with a dvd burner I can make movies a lot easier ! I have a bout 5 hours of good crawling video from the mountains and I cant wait to edit it and burn it . The vcr to vcr deal is very limiting . So I think I am going to take asunas advice . After I get the new computer I will fix the overheating issues of mine and network my 1 gig tower to the new tower and I should be able to edit to my hearts content .Thanks everyone for the help and advice .
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